Stephen A Smith implored LeBron James to speak out in favor of the Covid-19 vaccine. This comes in the wake of his statements on All-Star Sunday.
Over the weekend, James called his choice to take the vaccine, “a conversation that my family and I will have,” adding, “Pretty much keep that to a private thing.”
“When you decide to do something, that’s a conversation between you and your family and not for everybody. I’ll keep it that way,” he said.
James’s response was met with scorn by a few from the medical community. At a time when it is imperative for the entire community to band together, James missed an opportunity. There is a lot of pseudo-science and fake information from unreliable sources out there.
The likes of Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have promoted the vaccine publicly. As senior citizens, they were given their shots in January this year.
This is what Stephen A Smith wished to address in his latest segment on First Take.
Stephen A Smith’s message to LeBron James
Both Max Kellerman and Stephen A Smith explained why it is important for everyone to take the vaccine. If entire communities don’t cooperate, there is little point to the exercise according to Max.
Stephen A had a different angle:
“If you look at the hospitals, and you look at people with pre-existing conditions, high blood pressure, diabetes, and things of that nature, clearly when you look at that you see that the African American community is disproportionately affected, and something needs to be done. And when we look at the 50-plus million people who have been vaccinated, most happen to be White.”
“So we get back to LeBron James, and I say this to LeBron James, my brother, all of our brothers, who’s an incredibly, incredibly influential figure, I would say to him, he has taken positions on many, many, many things of incredible importance to our community.”
‘Black People Are Dying’: ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Makes Emotional Plea For LeBron James to Break Silence About Vaccine Plans https://t.co/xjBq09R4Aq
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“One could easily argue when you see the amount of deaths that have come associated with Covid-19, it’s very little that he has encountered that is more challenging or daunting than this, and if you could speak up about those things, you just might want to think about speaking up about this.”